It’s here! It’s here!
I’ve been excited about 2014 for quite some time now. For one thing, there’s a lot to BE excited for. The Veronica Mars movie is coming. Awesome Con is the month after that. Two of my good friends get married in July. And you know what? September through November are looking like they’ll be one long party. In September, I’ll be (hopefully!!!) traveling to Scotland for the referendum on the 18th. In October, Kristin and I are planning to go to Sirens in October, and then I’ll be trucking back to BurCon for my 30th birthday in November.
This year looks like it could be spectacular.
Good things on the horizon.
But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to take a moment to reflect on 2013 and why I was ready to kick that year to the curb. It wasn’t all bad — certainly not. I got an agent. I got to go to New York for the Writer’s Digest conference. We started Searching for SuperWomen, and I got to interview awesome authors like Kameron Hurley, Chuck Wendig, Kim Harrison, and Seanan McGuire! We started a YouTube channel and an online tabletop RPG. I pulled off a pretty massive Birthday Present for Spouse in September (iPad!). I was on my first panels at Capclave. I got to hang out with Kristin in person!
There were some rough things. Some losses and intense, difficult family issues. In fact, 2013 seemed to take it upon itself to finish up in a dark and painful way. There have been a few years in my life where I was itching to see that ball drop. It seems like such an arbitrary, inconsequential thing. One day is much like any other. Some are colder, some are warmer, some go your way, and some go every way but. I remember in 2008, sitting in a hotel lobby outside of New York’s La Guardia airport after a slew of canceled flights. I sat there knowing the entire island of Manhattan had its party hat on and was ready to see 2008 off in style. I was binge-watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes and upset that I wasn’t getting to ring in the new year with my best friend — but as each second ticked by, I felt a buoyancy returning. 2008 was the worst year of my life. That title doesn’t go to the year we got evicted three times when I was in high school, or the year I lost good friends to cancer. 2008 was a year of unmatched pain for me, and as the seconds ticked closer to midnight and finally clicked 11:59 over to 12:00 and 2009, something shifted. Some of that baggage sloughed off.
This year was similar, though 2013 was in no way near what I went through in 2008.
I started an Abundance Jar for 2013, in which to put slips of paper with good things that happened. While I fell off that a wee bit, here are a few things that are great (in no particular order):
4/5-4/7 — Spent a wonderful weekend with writers at WDCE: James, Kevin, Marisol, Jes, Erin, Brittney
1/26 — Got an offer of representation!
12/30/12 — Finished writing my 4th manuscript
January — Spouse got me a new MacBook Pro! Okay, new old. But new to me!
March — Registered for the Run For Your Lives!
April — Betas loved new manuscript!
January — Rang in 2013 with Louis C.K. in Baltimore!
April — Got to see Frightened Rabbit and Wintersleep in concert!
A lot of those are sort of smallish things, but going through my jar made me happy. I’m going to do that again for 2014.
Enough looking backward. Let’s look forward.
Here’s what I’d like to do this year:
- Finish at least two manuscripts.
- Read at least 50 books.
- Watch Battlestar Gallactica.
- Write a spec script.
- Write a screenplay.
- Start a SfSW podcast.
- Sell something.
- Be in Scotland for the referendum WITH Spouse.
- Do something newly creative or artistic.
- Get fit.
- Take an acting class or two.
- Learn Gaelic.
These things aren’t so much resolutions as plans. Most of them are ongoing and not so much a “tick the box” sort of thing. But I have high hopes for 2014.
What are you up for this year?